What's the best Windows tablet?
|Best Windows tablet||Price||Key specifications|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4||£749||Windows 10 Pro, up to Intel Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 12.3in 2736x1824 display, 5087mAh|
|Samsung Galaxy TabPro S||£849||Windows 10, Intel Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, 12in 2160x1440 display, 5200mAh|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3||£639||Windows 8.1 Pro, up to Intel Core i7, up to 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 12in 2160x1440 display, 5547mAh|
We've reviewed and ranked the best Windows tablets you can buy today in the UK, but do read our buying advice before spending your money. Because they run Windows most models come with a keyboard, although strangely not Microsoft's Surface - you have to buy the keyboard separately. Whether you want to work or play, you'll find something here to suit your budget.
If you don't really need to get any work done on your tablet, an iPad or and Android tablet might suit you better, so check out our list of the best tablets, and also the best new tablets coming in 2017.
Your buying guide for the best Windows tablets
Unlike the alternatives tablets running Windows 10 offer true portable computing on the move. Microsoft's own Surface Pro, for example, is as powerful as many desktop PCs, and it offers decent battery life. You can install proper Windows software on it, and perform any task for which you would normally rely on a desktop PC. All it will fit into any man bag.
The Surface Pro 3 offers the best of all worlds, with relatively little sacrifice. It's cheaper now that the Surface Pro 4 has superseded it. If you can afford one and you really want one device for everything, it is a great purchase. But the Surface Pro 5 is coming soon, so if you can wait a little while, the older tablets could get even cheaper.
Should I buy a tablets or a 2-in-1 hybrid?
You'll note in our chart below that not all the devices look the same. That's because Windows offers manufacturers flexibility of form. Some Windows tablets are tiny portable devices. Others are more like laptops which can also be used like tablets. These are often called 2-in-1s or hybrids.
Just remember that by its very nature a tablet should be a flexible and portable device. So ask yourself whether you need a keyboard (and if so whether an ultraportable laptop would be a better idea). How big a screen do you need, and how much weight are you prepared to carry? Hybrid devices can seem like the best of all worlds, but they tend to be equally imperfect as laptops and tablets - how often will you transform their functions in your daily life?
If anything in the list below grabs your attention, read the full review in detail, and the answers to these and other questions should become clear. If you specifically want a 2-in-1 device then check out our best convertible tablets chart.
- Reviewed on: 30 June 16
- RRP: From £749 (model tested £1079)
There is a great deal to like and rave about the Surface Pro 4. The design is thinner and lighter for starters. The screen is awesome, there's plenty of power available, the new Surface Pen is better and the Type Cover is a vast improvement on the last one. However, the design is inherently awkward at times, it's more expensive that a lot of laptops and the Type Cover, which you'll pretty much need, isn't included lowering the value.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review.
- Reviewed on: 4 July 16
- RRP: £849
The TabPro S is undeniably a beautiful and capable piece of hardware and it can be a joy to use. The problem is, it’s not a joy to use all the time. The 2-in-1 form factor can work, and we still think that the Surface Pro 4 is the best example of this, thanks to its build quality and integrated kickstand. The TabPro S is an excellent computer, but it remains frustrating that it doesn’t always excel in being one. Hopefully Samsung will consider improving simple things like the stand on the inevitable sequel if it is to continue to charge this much money for it.
Read our Samsung Galaxy TabPro S review.
- Reviewed on: 22 January 16
- RRP: From £639
A very decent laptop replacement, and an okay tablet, the Surface Pro 3 is undeniably impressive. If you need a single device to do everything we can't think of any better device. And when you consider the cost of buying a discrete laptop, tablet and desktop PC the Surface Pro 3 is priced to shift. The question remains as to whether people want a single device rather than multiple gadgets that are better at their individual tasks. Microsoft's latest results suggest that Surface Pro 3 is winning hearts and minds. Has it won yours?
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review.
- Reviewed on: 12 May 15
- RRP: £419 (64GB Wi-Fi)
Objectively, the Surface 3 is the best compromise between a laptop and tablet. It's a highly portable gadget which can run full Windows programs and it costs less than the Surface Pro 3. It's not exactly cheap by the time you've added the keyboard and stylus, though. It's also only good for lightweight duties - it's less powerful than laptops costing the same - and some people will find the screen is too small for 'proper' productivity. It's a better work tool than an iPad and Bluetooth keyboard, it has to be said, and if you only need to use office apps and a web browser, it could be exactly what you're after. Most people are better off spending more on the Surface Pro 3 or, if you don't need a touchscreen, a Core M laptop such as the Asus UX305F.
Read our Microsoft Surface 3 review.
- Reviewed on: 3 October 16
- RRP: £128.53, 166.59
The Chuwi Hi10 Pro is an excellent value Windows 10 laptop-tablet hybrid with the addition of Android (albeit old Android) and a pleasing build for the money. We take issue with its fingerprint-prone screen and tinny, poorly placed speakers, but in all other respects this is a very decent device for the money. It’s not a fast device, and we wouldn’t recommend it to gamers, but it’s fast enough for most daily Windows tasks.
Read our Chuwi Hi10 Pro review.
- Reviewed on: 13 January 16
- RRP: £309.99
Whether the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a good buy or not depends entirely on your priorities. If you want to open up loads of browser windows and have plenty of apps open at once, this isn’t for you. The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA only really runs well with an app or two running, and no data-intensive background processes going on. In laptop terms it’s a whelp. However, good stamina, a smart design and good, non-cramped keyboard make it a great low-cost choice if you want something to do some writing/emailing/browsing while you’re away from home.
- Reviewed on: 14 October 16
- RRP: £172.69, 219.89
Chuwi's tablets are not the fastest Windows machines you can buy, but they make excellent portable computers if you're on a budget. With its Quad-HD screen and fast USB-C charging, the HiBook Pro is a very good cheap option. We recommend you also buy the optional keyboard that turns this Windows/Android tablet into a laptop.
Read our Chuwi HiBook Pro review.
8. Chuwi HiBook
- Reviewed on: 13 May 16
- RRP: £143.42
At £143.42 it's difficult to find fault in a 10in tablet that can handle most tasks and offers both Android and Windows operating systems. We strongly recommend you purchase the optional keyboard for the extra functionality it affords, including two full-size USB ports, but even without it the Chuwi HiBook is a very decent budget tablet, with acceptable performance and a decent screen.
Read our Chuwi HiBook review.
- Reviewed on: 8 July 16
- RRP: £199.97
The Asus ZenPad 10 is far too slow and has too basic a spec for us to heartily recommend it to all users. Power users should stay well away, but Android beginners may find this tablet can meet all their needs at an affordable price. We like the AudioDock keyboard, though it isn’t infallible, while sound is good and the screen offers a large space for enjoying media.
Read our Asus ZenPad 10 ZD300C review.
- Reviewed on: 31 May 16
- RRP: £149.99, US$149.00
If you don’t mind what it looks like, the Venturer BravoWin 10KT is an ideal budget option for students. It costs just £150 and can be with you tomorrow, and that price includes a magnetic docking keyboard and a full copy of Windows 10. It’s easily portable and sufficiently capable, if not a speed demon.
Read our Venturer BravoWin 10KT review.